It's Looking Like More Vulkan Linux Games Could Be Landing Soon
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Gaming on 10 October 2017 at 06:56 PM EDT. 6 Comments
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There's no announcement to break today, but besides there being an uptick in RADV performance work, there are some whispers and other indications of new Vulkan Linux titles likely dropping soon.

In the past few days I've covered about the RADV Mad Max performance tuning and it becoming a Vulkan conformant driver.

Since then, hitting Mesa Git today is this commit for lowering FFMA in NIR. The comment explains, "This appears to improve performance on a number of games from Feral, and thanks to Feral for noticing the problem." This could be a possible sign depending upon how you define "a number of games" as so far Feral has publicly just shipped Mad Max and Dawn of War III with Vulkan support for Linux.

Also hitting Mesa Git today for RADV is R16G16B16A16_SNORM fast clear support. That RADV commit was made by Feral's Alex Smith who previously had contributed fixes/improvements to Mesa in the past for some of their titles.

It's also worth noting that Samuel and other Valve driver contributors seem to have been focusing a bit more on RADV recently over RadeonSI.

If just going off public references, it's mostly circumstantial evidence at this point, but there is also their upcoming game radar that has been teasing two Linux titles coming up. I'd be willing to bet there will be Vulkan support.
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